Leroy Somer (part of Nidec) has been supporting all initiatives to improve energy consumption in the field of electric motors and variable speed drives since the voluntary agreement set by the CEMEP in the 90’s and will continue to do so.
Today we welcome in principle the revision of regulation for motors and variable speed drives: EC/ENER Lot 30 but Moteurs Leroy Somer also supports the position of CEMEP, the European Association of manufacturers of Motors and Power Electronics, based on long expertise of this market.
We would like to insist on the negative effects of some of the extension requested:
• 8 pole motors represents less than 1% of the market but the amount of work and resources requested to change efficiency level is the same than for 4 pole motors which accounts for more than 50% of the market. Most of the manufacturers will not be able to handle such expense.
• Low power 1 and 3 phase motors, as per attached communication from CEMEP a few years ago (CEMEP Small Motors 160311), will, with new regulation, only allow to achieve 1% or less of expected Twh savings. And unfortunately such new regulation will exclude some of the current technologies from the market without economical solution to replace them.
If adopted from this draft proposal, this future regulation could harm the sustainability and competitiveness of the European industry of Variable speed drive systems and Electric Motors.
Contrary to what is suggested by the European Commission in its latest draft, this regulation would not help to achieve the European Union objectives for improving energy efficiency, reduction of CO2 emission as well as reduction of energy consumption in the industry.
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